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Boots Bakery & Lounge getting ready

Need a little pick-me-up? Head to Boots Bakery & Lounge in the former home of Rocket Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave.

Alison Collins, the former bartender at Mizuna's wine bar (and the genius behind their vegan carrot cake) has opened the new coffee shop, deli and lounge. The joint is open everyday at 6 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. From Wednesday through Saturday it is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The place is still a work in progress, but renovations and painting have brought more light into the space. Those familiar with building owner Dan Spaulding's ecclectic style will notice his influence, especially in the inverted blender lights that hang above the bar. (Which he also assembled from collected pieces.)

Two murals are on the walls, one that is new and the other is actually an advertisement uncovered when plaster was removed. The giant bull was part of a billboard for smoking tobacco. Employees said the wall was once the exterior wall of an adjacent building that has since been demolished.

Collins invited local residents and artists to help design the booths in the bakery and lounge, so the seating is an array of brightly painted and adorned tables and high-back booths.

Collins said help from friends who have just been willing to just jump in and volunteer has been essential to the early sucess. While we talked last week, a friend was in the kitchen baking.

Perhaps Boots' specialty is the vegan baked goods, but there is plenty of vegan and vegetarian lunch fare in the case. Collins makes the dishes as inspiration strikes and depending on the foods she has available each day. Local farmer Brian Estes brings a weekly community-supported agriculture box from his garden that Collins uses in the kitchen.

Collins said many are asking for the same dishes to be made each day, but she said she is refusing to succumb to that request.

I tried both the “Tuno” noodle salad with mushroom sauce and the spicy barbecue tofu topped with espresso barbecue sauce. I didn't exactly get tuna from the first dish, but it was delicious nonetheless. I've been recommending the tofu to friends and plan to go back for more soon.

Collins said they're still filling in the space with more seating and finishing artwork and painting. Since I visitied, there has been quite a bit of progress on the new front deck. There's a large community table near the kitchen that groups have been using for meetings and book groups, Collins said. Call ahead to ensure the table will be open for your group and Collins can also make an array of small bites and snacks for you.

Oh, yeah! Cocktails. I guess I'll have to make a return visit.

Boots Bakery & Lounge is planning an early August grand opening. Reach them at (509) 703-7223.

Sawyer’s Artisan Bakery in danger of closing

Opening a new business is never easy.

And Jennifer and Matt Sawyer stared down some serious challenges as they struggled to open their artisan bakery in Davenport, Wash. When I talked to them in August for this food section story, the bakery had been open for a little more than half the year and they were feeling like their longtime dream had finally come true.

However, Sawyer's Artisan Bakery may not celebrate its first anniversary.

“We are to the point where we haven't been paying our own mortgage,” says Jennifer Sawyer.

They announced on Facebook today that unless something dramatic happens, they'll close the bakery at the end of the week.

Jennifer Saywer says sales started to decline in September. They surveyed customers and got a lot of great feedback on their goodies, but some said prices were too high. They lowered prices, added lunch with free delivery in Davenport and tried some other fun offerings, such as decorate-at-home cookie trays at Christmas.

Matt Sawyer, who attended the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College, bakes the breads and pastries from scratch each day. They hired Belle Petty to bake and decorate the whimsical cupcakes and cakes.

Jennifer Sawyer delivers orders to people in Spokane everyday when she drives here for her job at a local real estate office.

Nothing is working.

After payroll and other expenses this week, they won't have the money to buy more supplies for the bakery. Matt Sawyer has never been paid for his work.

“I think what has been going on is basically people just forget that we're here,” Jennifer Sawyer says.

Sawyer's Artisan Bakery is located at 508 Sixth Ave., just off the main highway through Davenport, Wash. Reach the bakery at (509) 725-1230. The bakery's website is here and the Facebook page is here.

The bakery is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. They'll stay open this week to honor gift cards and hoping against hope that they would get enough business to continue.

Jennifer Sawyer says they'd also like to hear from anyone interested in taking over the bakery at (509) 280-7142.

Sweet Frostings opening Saturday

Sweet Frostings opens tomorrow. 

Partners Judy Rozier and Sally Winfrey are celebrating the launch of their new bakery with a grand opening 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Rozier and Winfrey got their start selling cupcakes and goodies at the Funky Junk last spring. They were planning to offer gourmet cupcakes, cakes, French macarons (like the ones pictured above), whoopie pies, cake pops, cake truffles and decorated cookies.

Sweet Frostings, Blissful Bakeshop is located at the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street, officially 15 S. Washington St.

I got a sneak peek into the bakery while it was under construction. Tall windows and soaring ceilings promised to show off the long counter planned for goodies. It had been brightened by Tiffany blue walls and colorful tiles. 

I'm excited to see how it turned out. I think I'll use that as my excuse to stop by. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the delicious salted caramel cupcakes Rozier and Winfrey brought to our interview. 

Need more excuses to stop in? There are a bunch on the Sweet Frostings page on Facebook.

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